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03/31/2004 Entry: "Art (not the codger I work with) and Gina"

Gina and I were talking art today. I got some ad from a printer mailed to me, with a cool picture of a 20s style, Gatsby-esque woman reclining on a couch. I saved it just because it was so cool. Actually, I got two. Knowing that Gina likes fine art, I offered her the other one. She got one in the mail too, and hung on to it to try and repaint it. It seems Gina does some painting! She mentioned she once did a version of Van Gogh's Skull with Cigarette. Cool! I tried to convince her to sell it to me. I'd really like to own one of her paintings. Anyway, I mentioned I also thought Escher did a skull with a cigarette painting too. But it wasn't the one I was thinking of. So then I did a search for Dali's works, to see it there was a skull in his stuff I recognized. There wasn't one I was familiar with, but I did find this. (Note: link is PG-13--don't open with real little ones around.) Cool huh? And that led of course to Lincoln in Dalivision. That's Dali's wife in the picture. Now squint. See Abe? Neat-o!

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That Lincoln in Dalivision reminded me of something they told us in art classes in college. Being an artist has more to do with what you see than it does how you express it. For instance it is amazing that Dali could see the similarites between the figure and Lincoln's face.

One of the things they tried to teach us was how to see things. They never taught us technique at all. An example. Pick an object near you and look at it very closely. I am doing this with my phone. I see that my phone is charcoal grey but if I look closely I see that due to some area's shining and light play across the surface that it really isnt just solid grey at all. Some parts of it even look white due to the light reflection. If you look at an object you can see the same thing. They wanted us to see that stuff and once we did they figured we would figure out how to reproduce it by playing around with whatever medium we were working with. Seeing that Dali painting really brought back a vivid memory of that.

Posted by Jim @ 04/02/2004 10:27 PM EST

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